Has anyone here had the unpleasant experience of a former emloyer giving you a bad reference?? This just happened to me...for NO good reason!! Honestly!! If I had done something so wrong as to deserve a bad reference then would I be so stupid as to put that company on my resume'? I think not!! Now, because of this there is a chance that I won't be getting this job that I've been hoping for!! My prospective employer told me a little of what was said by my previous employer. I know she was not supposed to tell me these things but she found it quite odd that all my other references were so great and something struck her as odd. My ex-boss got very personal about me (without getting into details with her) and it wasn't about tardiness or excessive abuse of sick time. He said he had some serious issues with me!! He also said that he would rather not give a reference then give a BAD one!!! What the heck is that??!! I resigned from the place...I was not fired!! I gave them a months notice and they had a huge party for me when I left! It's all so odd! Good thing for me or I would not have known why I have been having such a hard time finding a good job recently!! Now I was wondering what people have done in this situation...I mean this is outright slander and I want to pursue this...I am drafting a letter to the director of human resources where I used to work. What else can I do about this situation?